Day 2

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In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

If you’ve read my LJ for awhile, you know how I tend to waffle on questions like these. Usually because I find it hard to narrow things down to just one thing. So in keeping with that spirit, I’ll pick to films: one from my youth and one not.



When I was younger, more than anything else I watched or read, Star Wars left that kind of mark on me. It was like nothing I’d seen before, and I’m not just talking about the droids, cool aliens, and cutting edge (for the time) special effects. The whole quest story, the fact that the rescued princess has to rescue her rescuers, the adventure, the mysticism/magic (Shhh, the less said about miticholorians the better.) just resonated with me. To this day, the Lucasfilm Ltd. logo and Williams’ iconic score bring with them a surge of excitement

When I had the chance to enter the world of Star Wars in Bioware’s fantastic Knights of the Old Republic game, I was delighted, and yes, I even played and liked The Sith Lords sequel.

One of the things that made me happiest about my trips to Dragon*Con was the time I bought myself a lightsaber. It’s a beautiful dual-bladed saber with a purple blade, and I brought it and my handmade Yoda hat to the premiere of The Force Awakens. While I was not a fan of the prequel triology, I’m finding new excitement in the The Force Awakens and Rogue One



When I was young, Tolkien’s books had places of honor on my shelves. I read them and reread them and reread them some more. I’m not sure I can say the books themselves had the impact today’s question mentioned, as I read fantasy before and after them. However, fast forward until New Line Cinema made those books into films. I was prepared to be disappointed, as so many book-to-movie adaptations are, but I most certainly was not.

The films were stunning, so much so that I saw The Fellowship of the Ring about 35 times while it was in the theatre. While the films so powerfully captured a world I’d spent so much time in over the years, it was more the consequences of them that had an impact on me.

Those films brought me to my first online fandom: Yahoo! groups mailing lists. From there, it was here to LJ, and the rest is history. I wrote fic, participated in fan communities for the first time, and made it a new focus for my academic research.


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